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Councillors unite to fight proposed bus service cuts

From left, Coun Peter Wilson, Coun Kim Snape, MP Lindsay Hoyle, Coun Mark Perks and Coun Bev Murray at Chorley Bus Station

From left, Coun Peter Wilson, Coun Kim Snape, MP Lindsay Hoyle, Coun Mark Perks and Coun Bev Murray at Chorley Bus Station

 

Councillors from across the political divide have united to slam the proposed bus cuts that are set to hit Chorley.

This Friday, the consultation period for the public to raise their concerns ends.

Lancashire County Council looks set to withdraw funding from a number of services which helps subsidise the service’s running costs.

That would mean from May, many evening, Sunday and Bank Holiday services will no longer run.

The services facing the cuts are the:

No.2 – Chorley to Blackburn

No. 362 – Chorley to Wigan

No.10- Chorley Interchange to Chorley Hospital via Astley Village, Euxton and Buckshaw Village

No. 11 – Chorley to Eaves Lane

No. 109 – Chorley to Preston via Euxton, Buckshaw Village, Clayton-le-Woods

No. 114 – Chorley -Whittle-Woods- Preston.

A final decision will be made at a full meeting of LCC on February 20.

Furious Chorley MP Lindsay Hoyle is urging members of the public to air their views.

He said: “People have to speak out now and raise their concerns.

“We all need to work together as the MP, councillors and residents to ensure these buses services can be saved.”

Mr Hoyle hopes LCC has a rethink but insists he isn’t blaming anybody for the

proposals.

He said: “I really do believe county need to think again and review their current plans.

“I’m not into the blaming game – all I want to do is save the buses for Chorley.”

Many commuters will be expected to find alternative means of travel such as trains and taxis.

Labour County Coun Kim Snape says it will be a particular problem in places such as Brinscall and Abbey Village.

She said: “The No.2 has no other alternatives, so everybody in the more rural areas will become stuck.

“People cannot be expected to pay £20 or £25 to get a taxi when a bus is so cheap.

“I also fear for Chorley Interchange once all the bus services leave the station/

“What will be the point in keeping it open?”

Conservative County Coun Mark Perks fears for everyone throughout the borough and thinks people in rural areas will become cut off from the town.

He said: ““At a time where transport is vital to all, the county council want to cut it.

“I think it will only increase isolation in Chorley.”

Coun John Fillis, cabinet member for highways and transport at LCC, said they had been forced into the bus review following heavy cuts to the cash they receive from central government.

To raise any concerns regarding the bus proposals, email Lancashire County Council at lcc.bus.services@lancashire.gov.uk.

 

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